Renewable Matter # 06-07 / October-December

The Birth of Waste

by Guido Viale

In preurban cultures, waste was ontologically a continuum between man and his environment and could re-enter natural biological cycles. However, the advent of industrial society changed the terms of this problem radically: today we are searching for “empty spaces” where to dump all that can no longer be used. And at the same time, nature is only seen as a “reservoir” of resources to be exploited for production. 


Adriana Varella and Nilton Malz, Digital DNA, Palo Alto (California), 2005. 
Photo by Wonderlane, graphic elaboration


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